Al Nasr in Arabian Gulf Cup final

The Blues cruised into their first domestic final in years thanks to goals from Ibrahima Toure and Tariq Ahmed, setting up an Arabian Gulf Cup final against Sharjah.

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Published: Mon 19 Jan 2015, 12:41 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:47 PM

Dubai — Al Nasr booked their place in the 2014/15 Arabian Gulf Cup final with a confident 2-0 win at home to Bani Yas in the semifinal at the Al Maktoum Stadium on Friday night.

The Blues cruised into their first domestic final in years thanks to goals from Ibrahima Toure and Tariq Ahmed, setting up an Arabian Gulf Cup final against Sharjah on Friday, Jan.30.

The Blues took an early lead, much to the delight of the home crowd, and it was an excellent team effort that got them ahead in the eighth minute. Centre-back Ali Al Ameri started off the move by releasing the ball to Ahmed Ibrahim, who raced down the right flank to play in Ivan Trichkovski, whose sweeping cross was met by Toure for a precise tap-in at the far post.

In the 24th minute Toure went close to getting his second, this time with a header off another Trichkovski cross, but it was palmed behind for a corner by Bani Yas goalkeeper Mohsin Al Hashmi.

Seven minutes before the interval Bani Yas suffered an injury blow as Kim Jung Woo was forced off, replaced by Fawaz Awana.

Al Nasr made it 2-0 in the 59th minute. Midfielder Tariq Ahmed lofting a clever first-time right-footed chip over the head of Mohsin Al Hashmi after a cushioned header on by Toure.



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